set to compete in the
2008 Super Nationals VII in Las Vegas'
Oct, 2008 - Aurora,
Sopris Racing & Nate Scherling
The latest news from Sopris Racing
reports that Nate Scherling will in fact compete in this years
Super Nationals VII race taking place in Las Vegas, NV next month
on Nov. 20-23. Stay tuned to soprisclothing.com for live updates
leading up to and during the event!
'Excitement and specacular
racing overwhelms the final
Main Event at the TAG Karting World
21, 2008 - Grand Junction, CO
Sopris Racing & Nate Scherling
The official Sopris visual weather report shows clear skies
for this final day of racing and everyone is eager to begin.
Heat #2 sets off as Nate Scherling fights for position into
turn one. A repeat of Heat #1 seems imminent as Nate drops
back 2 places to 8th as the field heads down the back straight.
The tenacious Scherling appears to be off beat a bit from
his aggressive Four-X days in Professional Mountain Bike Racing.
Oddly Heat #2 is almost an exact repeat of Heat #1 with Nate
passing Kody Adcock and Joey Allen to reclaim 6th position
too late in the Heat to make any further ground. Everyone
at Sopris Racing knows that something needs to change if
the podium is the goal.
Strategy and mental fortitude is restored.
The 20 lap Main begins and the real Nate Scherling stands
up. Starting from 6th on the gird once again Nate brilliantly
powers through turn one into 4th, passing reigning champion
and favorite David Zippie. Pushing the freight train of the
top four it's bumper to bumper going into the back straight.
These guys couldn't be any closer without being attached
as they muscle their way around lap 1 and begin to pull on
the rest of the field straight away. The announcer explodes
into chatter as the top four begin to jockey for position.
Aj Whisler and Michael Hogg fight it out for 1st as Ben Schermerhorn
threatens to steal it from the both of them as they aren't
looking. All the while Nate keeps his cool and works on maintaining
the tightness of the fourpack.
With about 5 laps in the bag Nate recognizes his pace is
too much to remain in 4th behind Ben as Whisler and Hogg
pull away. He then takes the opportunity on the back straight
to accelerate passed and out brake Schermerhorn to take the
3rd spot. Working together to catch Whisler and Hogg seems
to die off quickly as Ben begins to battle for his lost 3rd
position. Lap after lap is full of tight competition for
position between both pairs up front while Zippie holds firm
For a few laps Ben is all over the back of Nate working
to find a gap to shoot or a mistake to capitalize on,
but as the second half of the Main wears on Nate begins to
put some distance on Ben. Then tragedy strikes Ben Schermerhorn's
race as he drives straight off track at the end of the front
straight into turn one. The cause is not yet known but this
leaves Nate to catch Whisler and Hogg on his own. This also
opens a door for Zippe who now sits in 4th and seems to be
closing in on Nate.
The battle at the front appears to be working in Nates favor
as he closes the gap, but will it be enough? Everyone is
on edge as the white flag flies to indicate last lap. The
battle between Whisler and Hogg is kicked into high gear
and Nate appears to be holding Zippie at bay with enough
room to secure 3rd. Whisler and Hogg enter the final sector
of the track and a last minute pass is made placing Whisler
in 1st for the final turn onto the front straight.
Across the line is:
Whisler 1st (18:20.616)
Hogg 2nd (18:20.911)
Scherling 3rd (18:21.496)
Zippie 4th (18:23.147)
only 0.880 seconds from 1st place, Nate Scherling takes 3rd
in the final Main Event at the TAG Karting World Championships!!!
Sopris would like to congratulate Nate Scherling on a job well
'The passing will
start when the tires are hot'
Sept. 20, 2008 - Grand
Sopris Racing & Nate Scherling
Qualifying begins with an almost cold morning at Grand Junction
Motor Speedway. Coldest day so far and hopes are high for Nate
Scherling. With the previous days gremlins all sorted out Nate
takes to the cool track surface in pursuit of reclaiming that
number one spot. His drive would only grant a solid and what
has become a very consistent time of, you guessed it 55.1. Content
with his result as he finally feels that the kart is giving everything
it has, leaving the rest up to driving skill Nate lands a 7th
spot on the grid for Race Heat #1. Not all is lost for the win
however as Pole Position holder David Zippie is only 1 second
ahead with a time of 54.1.
Race Heat #1
A rolling start begins the first heat and
Nate gives up his 7th spot in the first lap to take 8th for
the first half of the race. Just when it looked like he would
hold 8th to the end Nate began his storm through the field.
Passing Cody Adcock to take back his 7th spot, then on to driver
number 13 to take 6th. With only 10 laps total in this heat
that would be where Nate would finish day one. Confidence going
into day two is high however as Nate and Sopris Racing know
that given more laps Nate would continue his march to the front.
In addition it should be noted that Nate was able to not only
break through below his reliable 55.1 but in fact smash through
and grab a 54.6 on the final lap of the heat. Only 0.4 seconds
off the fastest time of 54.2. This increase in speed over the
course of the heat shows great promise for tomorrows Heat #2
and Main Event.
Another note to mention is
the tire rule for this event that will no doubt become a factor
as day two wears on. Everyone began Race Day One with a fresh
new set of tires...a set that will have to last them through
the entire event. Yes, Qualifying, Heat #1, Heat #2 and the
Main Event. Sopris Racing believes tire wear will be
an issue in the end, how much of one is the trick. Stay tuned...
'Friday blues for
Nate Scherling trying to find a balance'
Sept. 19, 2008 - Grand Junction,
Sopris Racing & Nate Scherling
"I was trying to chase a handling problem
that only existed in the drivers head" - Nate
That pretty much sums up the 'official' regulation practice day
today. The Sopris Racing team fought an up-hill battle chasing
ghosts that would ultimately prove to be caused by driver frustration,
mis-aligned tools and the unexpected forces of added rubber to
a hot track. At the end of the day it was discovered that the
right rear hub had worked it's way loose and inward under extreme
right hand corner forces. This was corrected and then the second
biggest problem of the day revealed itself. Nate's relief was
not too far behind when a tire gauge reading 1.5psi too high
was discovered as the source of initial problems. With all three
issues behind them everyone was able to focus on the task at
hand. The final practice run of the day left the team headed
in the right direction for Saturday morning but was not enough
to really work on dialing in the kart for raceday. The best lap
of the day was another 55.1 but that would not grant the top
spot as the other teams advanced.
bid for TAG Karting World Championship title
starts off strong
ending day 1 of practice with fastest lap'
Sept. 18, 2008
- Grand Junction, CO Sopris Racing and the #22 Racing Kart
piloted by Nate Scherling.
Thursday - Initial reports look good as Nate begins an 'epic'
weekend with the hopes of kick starting his Auto-Racing career.
This, the TAG Karting World Championships, is the final all
or nothing bid to come out on top and claim a spot on the grid
in Spain. After a day full of trading fast laps with proven
racer Ben Shemerhorn, Nate was able to pull of a 55.1 second
lap to best Ben's time. Tomorrow starts the 'official practice'
sessions with qualifying and race heat #1 to follow on Saturday.
Nate Scherling's karting debut was a
despite the frivolous disqualification after
May 4, 2008 - Centennial, Colorado.
Sopris Racing and the 555
Racing Kart piloted by Nate Scherling.
After missing qualifying altogether due
to an under-weight infraction Nate Scherling started the first
heat at the back of the grid. The First heat got underway and
in just 10 laps Nate decisively sliced his way through the
field advancing seven positions. The main event began with
Nate 5th on the grid working his way up to finish 3rd just
short of overtaking 2nd place. A well earned podium finish
set the tone for the coming rookie season...
wait, there's more. Just before the celebrating began,
news of a protest clouded the result. Another competitor
in the TAG Senior class had voiced issue with the color of
the number plate on the back of the Sopris 555 racing kart.
Posing a protest that the plate should have been red to indicate
the proper classification of the driver rather than blue. this
protest stripped Nate Scherling of his 3rd place triumph and
resulted in disqualification. The official statement from Sopris
headquarters is an inquiry asking, how the improperly
marked kart could still pass both registration and tech
inspection for entry into the event. Regardless of the
views on the validity to the claim that a red plate would
somehow bend the cosmos to ultimately slow the talent and
determination of the Sopris driver, the overall view of
the event is nothing short of outstanding success. Great
24, 2007-Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Will Corry, our favorite Irishman
on a shoestring budget enters his first ever rally race
in Colorado and shocks the community with an amazing performance.
An overall 5th place finish in a Group N car among a field
of Open class cars and huge teams with deep pockets. Obviously
taking the Group N win by storm. Being actively recruited
by some of the bigger teams during the event and with a
performance driving instructor job offer after the event,
it's turning out to be the beginning of a great future for
the young Irishman. So keep an eye on the site for more updates